Islands

CBD and GLISPA Launch Island "Bright Spots", Highlight Island Leadership on Biodiversity [viewed]

IDB 201422 May 2014: On the International Day of Biological Diversity, Caleb Otto, Permanent Representative of Palau to the UN, moderated an event to highlight “bright spots” of conservation leadership in small island developing States (SIDS). The event also served as the launch of a publication from the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD) and Global Island Partnership (GLISPA), titled ‘Island bright spots in conservation and sustainability: investing, scaling and replicating in order to achieve the Aichi Biodiversity Targets.'

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World Coral Reef Conference Participants Sign Manado Communiqué [viewed]

wcrc-201417 May 2014: Representatives from 29 countries and 13 international organizations made a commitment to ensure the sustainability of marine resources in the Manado Communiqué, which was agreed upon at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014.

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Australia, Indonesia and Timor-Leste Endorse Marine Action Programme [viewed]

GEF15 May 2014: Ministers from Timor-Leste and Indonesia and the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia endorsed a regional Strategic Action Programme to promote the restoration, conservation and management of coastal and marine ecosystems in the Arafura and Timor Seas, an area that links the Indian and Pacific Oceans and is known as the ATS region. The officials endorsed the Programme at the World Coral Reef Conference 2014, which took place from 14-17 May in Manadao, Indonesia.

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CTI-CFF Agrees on Seascape Approach, Reviews MPA Nominations [viewed]

Coral Triangle Initiative28 April 2014: The Coral Triangle Initiative on Coral Reefs, Fisheries and Food Security (CTI-CFF) has reported on progress with regard to regional cooperation on ecosystem-based management and the conservation of marine protected areas (MPAs) throughout April. CTI-CFF activities have included a regional workshop on seascapes and a review of MPAs nominated for admission to the Coral Triangle MPA System (CTMPAS), which aims to promote connected, resilient and sustainably financed MPAs that conserve biodiversity and generate food and income for coastal communities.

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PacMAB Commits to Revitalizing Pacific Isle Conservation [viewed]

UNESCO1 May 2014: Participants at the Fourth Pacific Man and Biosphere (PacMAB) meeting agreed on commitments to intensify efforts and activities in Pacific small island developing States (SIDS). The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Office for the Pacific States convened the regional meeting to re-energize the PacMAB network and its activities.

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UNESCO Sub-Commission Calls for Creation of Ocean Observation Network for Indo-Pacific [viewed]

UNESCO IOC30 April 2014: The 9th International Scientific Symposium of the Sub-Commission for the Western Pacific (WESTPAC) has adopted a Joint Directors' Statement in line with the meeting's theme, ‘A Healthy and Safe Ocean for Prosperity in the Indo-Pacific Region.' Eighteen directors of marine research institutes signed the statement at a one-day open-ended Research Directors' Forum held during the symposium, which convened 45 representatives and experts from scientific, academic, and operational organizations to advance collaboration on marine observations in the region.

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GWP Paper Examines IWRM in the Caribbean [viewed]

GWP Global logotype25 April 2014: The Global Water Partnership (GWP) released a technical focus paper, titled 'Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) in the Caribbean: The Challenges Facing Small Island Developing States (SIDS),' which assesses measures taken and progress made since the integration of water and coastal resources management was made a priority in the Caribbean region by the Forum of Ministers of the Environment of Latin American and the Caribbean (LAC) in 1998.

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ADB Assesses Inadequate Water and Sanitation in Kiribati [viewed]

ADBApril 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) published a report, titled 'Economic Costs of Inadequate Water and Sanitation: South Tarawa, Kiribati,' which analyzes the situation of water supply and sanitation in South Tarawa, and highlights that population increases have stressed public infrastructure and that Kiribati is not on track to meet relevant Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

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SIDS Workshop Addresses Energy and Water Regulation [viewed]

spc-adbApril 2014: The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) published results of the Pacific and Caribbean Conference on Effective and Sustainable Regulation of Energy and Water Services. The conference aimed to promote South-South cooperation on regulation of energy and water utilities services in small island developing states (SIDS) in the Pacific and the Caribbean.

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UNEP Invites Participation in GEO on SIDS [viewed]

UNEP27 March 2014: The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) has begun preparation of an Environment Outlook for Small Islands Developing States (GEO SIDS), to inform the Third International Conference on SIDS taking place in Apia, Samoa, from 1-4 September 2014. The initiative responds to the request of delegates at the Inter-regional Preparatory Meeting held in Bridgetown, Barbados, on 26-28 August 2013, for UNEP to dedicate support for a GEO specifically on SIDS.

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